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Clifford-Jacobs Brings Home the Bronze

January 6, 2011
In 2009, Caterpillar (CAT) rolled out a new Supplier Quality Excellence Program (SQEP). Clifford-Jacobs rose up to the task to seek bronze level certification over this last year, which primarily focuses on quality and on-time delivery.Coupled with the focus on quality and delivery, Clifford-Jacobs...

Gear Consulting Group Announces AGMA Regional School

January 6, 2011
The AGMA Regional School for Gear Manufacturing will be presented by Gear Consulting Group in the Chicago area March 7-9, 2011. Overton Chicago Gear will host the three-day school at their new premises in Lombard, Illinois. The theme of this series is "Logical Trouble Shooting of the Gear...

Reishauer Group Acquires Felsomat Group

January 6, 2011
Reishauer develops and manufactures high precision gear grinding machines, diamond dressing tools, and CBN tools for hard finishing of transmission gears. By acquiring 100 percent of the internationally active Felsomat Group, which is based in Königsbach-Stein (Germany), Reishauer strengthens...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: New Coating Enhances Seco Tool Milling Cutters

January 6, 2011
Seco Tools has enhanced the performance of its entire Turbo Mill family of square shoulder milling cutters through a new nickel-based surface coating that approaches HV700 on the pre-hardened cutter bodies for longer life, better tolerances, and a more durable surface. For the user, this translates...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: New High-Feed Cutters from ATI Stellram

January 6, 2011
ATI Stellram introduces the new patented Stellram® 7792VXE16 high-feed shell mill cutter, designed to yield the highest levels of material removal rates in titanium and other difficult to machine alloys such as nickel-based alloys, cobalt-based alloys, and titanium-based alloys. Stellram...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Zeiss DuraMax for Gear Wheel Measurement

January 6, 2011
With DuraMax, Carl Zeiss offers an popular compact 3D coordinate measuring machine. DuraMax Gear marks the evolution of DuraMax into a shop-floor gear wheel measuring machine. “This enables us to fulfill the requests of many customers and introduce gear wheel measuring technology with small...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: 350GMS Analytical Gear Tester from Gleason

January 6, 2011
Complete inspection of gears as large as 350 mm in diameter now can be performed up to 40 percent faster with the introduction of the Gleason 350GMS Analytical Gear Inspection System, one of a new generation of analytical inspection systems from Gleason Metrology Systems Corporation. Among the many...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Virtual Reality Welding Simulator from Lincoln Electric

January 6, 2011
To help improve the training of the nation’s future welders, Lincoln Electric has developed a new way to teach welding techniques through a new virtual welding system called VRTEX™ 360. The system incorporates technology Lincoln recently acquired from VRSim Inc., a leader in the...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Round Tool Steel from SSAB

January 6, 2011
SSAB, the Swedish manufacturer of Toolox, now supplies its tool steel as forged round material in gradated diameters from 60 mm to 380 mm. Round material with 30 mm in diameter is in preparation. What’s new is the form of delivery, as sawed strips in widths between 250 and 600 mm with...

AGMA Showcases Technical Expertise at Annual Conference

December 8, 2010
The American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA) hosted 17 paper presentations on advanced application of gearing at the annual Fall Technical Meeting (FTM) at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee in Wisconsin. The papers were presented in four topic areas of expertise: Manufacturing & Heat Treatment;...

Seco Tools Launches New Carbide Recycling Program

December 8, 2010
As part of its global environmental policy, Seco Tools has established a new recycling initiative where it offers customers the option of selling their used cemented carbide back to Seco. With Seco taking the lead on purchasing, collecting, and dealing with the used carbide it becomes easier for...

New Gear/Gearbox Optimization Software from Excel Gear

December 8, 2010
In response to the gear market’s need for optimization software, Excel-LentTM gear/gearbox design and analysis software has been developed by Excel Gear, Inc., and written in Visual Basics.Net. This software has been written by engineers who also design and manufacture gears for their own...

IMTS 2010 Sets the Stage for a Strong Comeback in Manufacturing

December 8, 2010
Strong results at IMTS-The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2010 signal a strong comeback in manufacturing. Total registration for the six-day event, which ran from Sept. 13-18 at McCormick Place in Chicago, was 82,411. IMTS covered 1,137,375 square feet of exhibit space with 1,728...

New Book on Precision Gear Shaving

December 8, 2010
A new sourcebook on gear finishing is now available. Precision Gear Shaving, by Drs. Gianfranco Bianco and Stephen P. Radzevich, is of particular interest to those involved in the production of precision gears for the needs of the automotive industry and other applications.According to the authors,...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Opti-Form Honing Wheels from Gleason

December 8, 2010
Gleason has introduced a new series of Opti-Form® honing wheels that reduce the time typically required to perform the initial tool dressing by as much as 50 percent, while at the same time improving both the tool life of the honing wheel and the master gear used for dressing. Conventional...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: High-Accuracy CMM-Based Laser Scanner from Wenzel

December 8, 2010
The requirements for quality assurance have increased with 3D technologies. Previously all major dimensions could be taken from a 2D drawing for tactile measurement, which is no longer the case today. Modern 3D drawings include little in the way of explicit dimensions. The curves of the freeform...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Robotic Finishing Solution from Motoman

December 8, 2010
PerfectEdge™, a complete, full function robotic solution, meets the challenges of tight tolerance chamfering, deburring, or finishing processes while offering a non-touch teach method of programming. Designed in collaboration with Arrow Gear, it includes a six-axis Motoman® DX1350D...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: FARO Introduces the Focus3D

December 8, 2010
FARO Technologies, Inc., the world’s leading provider of portable measurement and imaging solutions, introduces the new FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D, which is a revolutionary, high-performance 3D laser scanner for detailed measurement and documentation with intuitive touch screen control that...

NEW GEAR/GEARBOX OPTIMIZATION SOTFWARE REDUCES TIME TO PART, IMPROVES PRODUCT PERFORMANCE

November 17, 2010
Excel-lentTM software from longtime builder of gears and gearboxes quickly determines optimum product parameters for various industries; time savings in hundreds of engineering hours being realized In response to the gear market’s need for optimization software, which has been lacking for...

SECO/WARWICK Retech Thermal Equipment Manufacturing Opens in China

October 6, 2010
The SECO/WARWICK Group has established a new manufacturing facility, SECO/WARWICK Retech Thermal Equipment Mfg. Co. Ltd. in Tianjin, China. The 5,000 square-meter office and manufacturing facility has been established to provide Chinese customers with local service and manufacturing. The...

Automated Transmission Analysis from Romax Technology

October 6, 2010
Engineers are increasingly using a wide variety of software tools throughout the product lifecycle. To address customer requests and the need to integrate software for the automation of highly complex tasks, Altair Engineering, Inc., and Romax Technology developed a new interface between their...

Philadelphia Gear Opens Santa Fe Springs Service Facility

October 6, 2010
Machinists and assemblers from Philadelphia Gear Corporation’s (PGC’s) Western Regional Service Center in Lynwood, California, moved into their new permanent home; a recently renovated 120,000 square-foot facility in Santa Fe Springs, California. Located 10 miles from the former service...

Curtiss-Wright Breaks Ground on Texas Manufacturing Facility

October 6, 2010
Curtiss-Wright Corporation has announced that TapcoEnpro International (TEI), a business unit of its Flow Control segment, broke ground to officially commence construction of a $36 million, state of the art manufacturing facility in Chambers County, Texas. The company will build large vessels and...

Rockwell Automation and FANUC FA America Collaboration Announced

October 6, 2010
FANUC FA America, the largest CNC organization in the Americas, and Rockwell Automation, the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation solutions, have announced a collaborative effort to offer closer integration between CNC and programmable automation controller (PAC)...

New Machine Tools Division Launched by Emerson Bearing

October 6, 2010
Emerson Bearing, a Boston based bearing company catering to OEM and MRO markets throughout the U.S. and internationally, has recently announced a new Machine Tools division. Customer care representatives in the new division are trained to accommodate the unique needs of machine tool clients. The...

New Finishing Technologies Pavilion at FABTECH

October 6, 2010
A new Finishing Technologies Pavilion & Conference debuting at FABTECH 2010 Nov. 2-4 in Atlanta allows manufacturing executives to review finishing equipment, processes, services, and gain valuable technical insight. Sponsored by the Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI), the...

Sulzer Creates One-Stop Coatings Shop

October 6, 2010
Racing, automotive, and engineering companies now have the convenience of getting all their coating solutions from a single supplier thanks to Sulzer’s new broadened product portfolio. The company’s extended offering follows its takeover of Bekaert’s DLC coating activities, which...

Oliver Gear Earns ISO 9001-2008 Registration

October 6, 2010
Sam Haines, president of Gear Motions, joins Mike Barron, vice president/GM, and some Oliver Gear employee/owners upon their recent, successful ISO 9001-2008 Registration in the accompanying photo. Also shown in is Mark Bechteler, manager of corporate quality and continuous improvement, who led the...

Ronson Gears Announces Key Staff Moves

October 6, 2010
In preparation for anticipated accelerated growth over the next few years, gear manufacturer Ronson Gears has announced a reshuffle of management to better service new and existing customers both in Australia and overseas. Stephen Bell moves to a key role in internal sales/estimating after eight...

New Headquarters for Motoman Robotics

October 6, 2010
Ground has been broken for Motoman Robotics’ new facility in Miamisburg, Ohio. It will serve as the company’s headquarters and main manufacturing facility for its North and South American operations. A groundbreaking ceremony was hosted by Steve Barhorst, president and COO of Motoman...

Machine Tool Service and Support from Konecranes

October 6, 2010
Machine Tool Solutions Unlimited (MTSU)—a part of Konecranes, Inc.—provides comprehensive services and support for all types and brands of machine tools in the manufacturing industry. The experienced and highly skilled machine tool service professionals at MTSU can provide a variety of...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: New Gear Milling Center from Heller

October 6, 2010
Manufacturers of gear components and bevel gears have been looking for alternatives to traditional hobbing processes for larger gears. In addition, improving machine tool flexibility has become more important because many gear makers can no longer afford to depend on dedicated gear machine tools....

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Shaft Collars from Ruland

October 6, 2010
Ruland Manufacturing Co., Inc., offers a full range of shaft collars with controlled face tolerance and high holding power. Shaft collars can be used on a variety of equipment including motors, gearboxes, linear actuators, packaging equipment, printing presses, medical devices, and precision...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Wenzel Scantech Brings Portable Laser Scanner to North America

October 6, 2010
MobileScan3D is a mobile CNC laser scanning solution allowing fully automatic reverse engineering and part inspection verification. Its portability and rapid setup provides a unique opportunity to scan on location without the tedious and time consuming effort required by other portable scanners....

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Permanent Magnet DC Gearmotors from Bodine Electric

October 6, 2010
The new WX gearhead is now available with two 33A permanent magnet DC (PMDC) motors. The WX is a high-torque gearhead built to provide longer life and higher performance than similar gearmotors in the same size range. These gearmotors are designed to drive applications such as conveyor systems,...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Energy-Efficient Ball Bearings from SKF

October 6, 2010
SKF energy-efficient ball bearings for electric motors introduce ideal alternatives to standard bearings by generating significantly less friction and subsequently reducing energy consumption. These deep groove ball bearings join a growing family of SKF energy-efficient bearing solutions engineered...

Carl Zeiss IMT and Koepfer America Form Business Partner Agreement

September 8, 2010
Carl Zeiss IMT and Koepfer America have formally joined with a new Business Partner Agreement for the United States and Canada. This agreement will provide improved technical and marketing support related to all areas of CMM gear metrology offered by Carl Zeiss. Recognized globally as a market...

Sulzer Acquires DLC Coatings Activities from Bekaert

September 8, 2010
The DLC activities of Bekaert have been acquired by Sulzer Metco, covering thermal-spray and thin-film coating technologies. The acquisition, which includes Bekaert’s diamond-like carbon (DLC) coatings and racing activities, will deliver significant technological benefits to Sulzer and...

News from American Broach & Machine Company

September 8, 2010
In 2009 the American Broach & Machine Company patented the “Table Top” and “Table Top Special” broaching machines. To date six have been built, and they are quickly being recognized as the best deal in broaching. Electromechanically powered, they are clean, quiet, and...

Gleason Hosts Gear Solutions Forum

September 8, 2010
Gleason Corporation showcased its latest gear manufacturing technologies at its Gear Solutions Forum, held June 9-11, 2010, at its Gleason-Pfauter facility in Ludwigsburg, Germany. More than 360 visitors from 21 countries around the world took advantage of the opportunity to see first-hand the...

Inductoheat Designs Induction Billet Heating System

September 8, 2010
Inductoheat, Inc., has designed, manufactured, and shipped a Uniforge® Induction Billet Heating System to a leading manufacturer of hand tools including hammers, wrenches, and fubars, etc. This machine was designed specifically for heating carbon steel billets for a #8 die forger.This system is...

Verisurf Software and Nikon Metrology Announce Global OEM Agreement

September 8, 2010
Nikon Metrology and Verisurf Software have made it possible for manufacturers to drive all Nikon portable metrology devices from Verisurf’s common software platform. Supported Nikon metrology devices include Laser Radar, K-Series optical CMMs configured with scanners and probes, MCA II...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Wenzel/Xspect Solutions to Feature Wide Variety in Chicago

September 8, 2010
Wenzel/Xspect Solutions will be exhibiting a wide variety of CMMs and CMM related accessories, as well as new 3D imaging products and Wenzel GearTec gear measuring products, at IMTS 2010. A New Wenzel X-Orbit CMM equipped with the new Renishaw PH20 probe will be on display in booth #E-5157. New 3D...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Methods to Show FEELER VMCs

September 7, 2010
Methods Machine Tools, Inc., a leading supplier of innovative precision machine tools, has introduced high-performance FEELER vertical machining centers featuring extensive engineering by Methods, designed to provide users unsurpassed performance and value. The FEELER VMC line is backed by...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Nagel ECO Series 80 Dual Expansion Honing System

September 6, 2010
Combining roughing, finishing, and gauging in one station is a distinctive capability of the ECO Hone’s dual-expansion honing system, which will be on display at IMTS booth #N-7040. It can finish bore sizes ranging from 10 to 80 mm. Honing systems typically require separate stations for...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Liebherr LCS 1200 CNC at IMTS

September 5, 2010
Liebherr will exhibit their LCS 1200 gear grinding machine at IMTS. LCS 1200 combines both generating and profile grinding into one machine. It is able to handle workpieces up to a diameter of 1200 millimeters. Gears up to module 12 can be economically processed with the generating grinding method....

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Lightweight Clamping Devices from HAINBUCH

September 4, 2010
Higher productivity, lower energy consumption, and offloading of the machine-drive are the highlights of the new carbon ultra-light clamping devices that HAINBUCH now offers for machine tools as well as machining centers. Thanks to the new material the carbon fiber clamping devices are as much as...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: New VTP-1000 Vertical Lathe from FUJI

September 3, 2010
FUJI Machine America Corporation’s new large VTP-1000 Vertical Lathe performs hard turning so precise that grinding is eliminated. Featuring gearless spindle technology and an RS-Slide structure, the VTP-1000 realizes contour and profile cutting accuracies within ±1µm on up to...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: BOHLE Introduces Five-Axis Gantry Milling Machine

September 2, 2010
The ENDURA® 700 linear gantry milling machine is the newest addition to a family of modular-designed five-axis simultaneous, high-speed linear gantry milling machines by FOOKE GmbH. They are especially suitable for the efficient machining of five sides of parts made from plastic, composite...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Gleason to Display Agilus Combined Process Machine

September 1, 2010
Gleason will introduce a host of advanced new machines, tooling, and global customer support services at IMTS 2010, covering a wide array of processes for the complete production and inspection of all types of bevel and cylindrical gears. Visitors to Gleason Booth #N-7000 will be introduced to a...

PRODUCT SHOWCASE: Emuge to Display Full Range of Workholding Solutions

August 31, 2010
Emuge Corp. will showcase their comprehensive line of clamping solutions at IMTS booth #W-1536. Emuge’s workholding division specializes in providing highly accurate, almost maintenance-free customized solutions for applications from low volume job shops to high volume automotive production...

Expanded Capabilities, Promotions at Gear Technology

August 3, 2010
Gear Technology—a leading international precision gear manufacturer and related services provider—has recently announced the promotion of two senior-level managers. Joe Campa, formerly quality assurance manager, has been promoted to director of engineering. A 10-year veteran of the...